Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sprouting Seeds Through Winter

I am proud to announce I am sprouting lentils! I got inspiration to do so from this post by Honest Fare. A yummy and educational food blog. When lentils are sprouted their health benefits increase by 300%! Lentils have all 8 essential faty acids. Rich in protein, Vitamin C, and B vitamins. As soon as I saw these numbers I hopped up and started rinsing a handfull of lentils. Wayne asked me what I was doing. It was amazing because the day after I started sprouting- Wayne was playing a video of an author of a survival book talking about how sprouting is a good idea, because it doesn't draw attention to your home. You can sprout in your kitchen, and need little or no sunlight. The dried beans will also store indefinitely. Gardens are an obvious target for people who are hungry.  So there is a survival tip for you : )
To sprout: You rinse them a few times in cold water before letting them sit over night in a bowl to expand and soak. Inspect and take out the split beans. After at least 8 hours place them in a jar, put cheesecloth over the top, and a tight rubberband. 1 cup of lentils per 1/2 quart jar. Fill it no more than 1/3 of the way so there is adequate space for growth. Give them a rinse with cold water, and drain. Rinse and drain again that night. Do not leave any large puddles in the bottom of the jar. Let them drain well, and do this over and over for the next 4 days. Once in the morning, and again at night. On the 4th day let them sit in the windowsill to increase their chlorophyll, and on the 5th day they are ready to be eaten, and stored in the fridge in a ziplock bag with a paper towel lining. They will keep for about a week. Enjoy raw or in soups and salads!
There you go! Read more about what exactly you can sprout here and get started!

Second set of photo's by Honest Fare- source is here.

Read in great detail how and why there are so many health benefits of sprouting here.

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